Is it better to buy a real Christmas tree or an artificial one?

Illuminating answers to environmental questions.
Dec. 24 2008 10:01 AM

Should I Buy a Fake Fir?

Or is it better for the environment to cut down a real Christmas tree?

Last December, the Green Lantern tackled the age-old question: Is a fake Christmas tree better for the environment than a real one?  The piece is reprinted below.

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Correction, Dec. 18, 2007: This piece originally stated that real trees would have to average a farm-to retailer journey of 4.1 miles in order to consume 2,195 pounds of fuel. That distance is actually 146.3 miles. (Return  to the corrected sentence.)

Brendan I. Koerner is a contributing editor at Wired and a columnist for Gizmodo. His first book, Now the Hell Will Start, is out now.